Archive for July 3rd, 2009

US Officials: 17 die in US missile strike in Pakistan

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AP:

ISLAMABAD (AP) – U.S. missiles struck a training facility operated by Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and a militant communication center Friday, killing 17 people and wounding 27 others, intelligence officials said. (more…)

AP: US Marines push deeper into southern Afghan towns

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AP:

NAWA, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines pushed deeper into Taliban areas of southern Afghanistan on Friday, seeking to cut insurgent supply lines and win over local elders on the second day of the biggest U.S. military operation here since the American-led invasion of 2001. (more…)

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions: Sotomayor had ties to extreme group

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Republican on the Senate committee that will consider Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination says a Puerto Rican civil rights group’s papers could shed light on her judicial approach, particularly her view of racial preferences in hiring. (more…)

Russian PM Putin calls on US to shelve missile shield

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

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AP: Obama appeals to skeptical Russians

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AP:

But while Obama’s star power is generating buzz here, the enthusiasm doesn’t extend to Russian feelings about how he’s doing as president: In fact, a series of recent polls here show that most Russians are skeptical of the new U.S. leader and remain wary of his country.

A June poll conducted by Russia’s authoritative Levada Center found that only 28 percent of Russians thought that relations with the U.S. had improved under Obama, while 61 percent said they had remained the same or worsened.

Obama not fully informed on Russia: Putin spokesman — Reuters

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Reuters:

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will use next week’s Moscow talks to relieve President Barack Obama of mistaken impressions he remains mired in Cold War thinking, Putin’s spokesman said on Firday. (more…)

UK Daily Mail: Pigeons are trained as fussy art critics in bizarre study

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Daily Mail:

It may explain why they flock to Trafalgar Square. They’re there to visit the National Gallery. (more…)

Reuters: Turkish TV gameshow looks to convert atheists

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Reuters:

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists? (more…)

Reuters: Amsterdam considering bank help for prostitutes

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Reuters:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters Life!) – Amsterdam city council is turning its attention to a pressing problem for one of the city’s key business sectors — banking and credit for prostitutes who can’t get accounts from mainstream institutions. (more…)

AP: Much-needed tax refunds delayed from Ga. to Calif.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AP:

ATLANTA (AP) – Colin Daymude was out of work last year after his business failed and eagerly filed his taxes in mid-January, figuring he’d get his refund sooner. He was wrong.

It took the 44-year-old entrepreneur more than six months to get his $1,300 check-money that he needed to pay living expenses while he worked a few side gigs. (more…)

AP: Federer, Roddick to meet in 3rd Wimbledon final

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AP:

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Five-time champion Roger Federer reached his seventh straight Wimbledon final Friday and will face Andy Roddick for a chance at a record 15th Grand Slam title. (more…)

AFP: Britain facing swine flu upsurge, US calls crisis talks

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

AFP:

Britain warned it could face more than 100,000 daily cases of swine flu and the United States called a meeting of top officials as governments grappled on Friday with a resurgent swine flu pandemic. (more…)

UK Daily Mail: Teen is swine flu’s first victim in London as ministers warn 40 a day could die by end of summer

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Daily Mail:

A teenager became the fourth Briton to die from swine flu, doctors said yesterday.

The 19-year-old from London tested positive for the virus after he died on Wednesday.

Like the UK’s other three swine flu victims, he was suffering from ‘underlying health problems’.

The death came as the Chief Medical Officer warned against buying potentially dangerous counterfeit flu drugs over the internet.

Health experts say some of the medications on sale are useless – while others are danergous – laced with rat poison and other toxic chemicals.

Reuters: Hong Kong finds 1st case of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Reuters:

HONG KONG, July 3 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s health department said on Friday it had detected a case of human swine influenza virus that was resistant to Tamiflu, the main antiviral flu drug. (more…)

BBC: WHO warns swine flu ‘unstoppable’

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

BBC:

The UN’s top health official has opened a forum in Mexico on combating swine flu by saying that the spread of the virus worldwide is now unstoppable. (more…)

McClatchy questions Sanford’s mental state

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The State:

Gov. Mark Sanford is acting like a love-struck teenager.

Or, maybe he has a deeper personality disorder, some experts speculate. (more…)

In the British private sector, there are now more foreig-borned workers than UK-born workers

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

American Spectator:

Without a doubt, immigration has been the largest change of the Labour  years – the ratio of immigrant workers has almost doubled in the private sector and the economy overall as the below graph shows. (more…)

Rich Lowry: The Constitution succeeded because its authors had a clear-eyed view of human nature.

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

NRO:

As a nation, we were extraordinarily blessed in our revolutionaries. It wasn’t just that they were brave and determined. So were the avatars of revolution throughout the 20th century who wrecked nations and peoples. No, what makes them so wondrously distinct is that they were also just and wise, grounded always in a clear-eyed view of human nature.

Jonah Goldberg: McCain 2008 manager Steve Schmidt ‘tacky’; ‘very, very partisan’

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

NRO:

I don’t mean to single him out in this regard. Many, if not most, campaign flacks have these qualities to one extent or another. But Schmidt couldn’t do what the really talented flacks do – hide his tracks. Schmidt couldn’t manage that, which compounds his failures, not exonerates them.

Washington Times: Now, Colin Powell expresses “doubts” about Obama

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Times:

Colin Powell, one of President Obama’s most prominent Republican supporters, expressed concern Friday that the president’s ambitious blitz of costly initiatives may be enlarging the size of government and the federal debt too much. (more…)